After 3 and half days of engaging cricket when leather ruled through pace and turn, India emerged deserving winner by 63 runs in the first test leading the 3-test series 1-0. India recorded second consecutive test victory over West Indies, second consecutive at Sabina Park, Kingston.
Some Firework, and Seven wickets
Bravo and Chanderpaul added 17 more runs in 5.3 overs in the morning before Praveen Kumar struck. First Darren Bravo was clean bowled. Then in his next over he breached Chanderpaul’s defence. Then it was the turn of Harbhajan Singh to send Baugh back. In came Sammy joining Nash. After surviving a scare on his first ball, he decided to attack Harbhajan and hit three consecutive huge sixes.
The firework continued for few more overs and then Amit Mishra struck twice to send both batsmen back. Rampaul came and continued the firework, although not with same ferocity. With 34 runs hit on just 32 balls, he was unlucky to be given caught behind on a bouncer of Ishant Sharma, that could have been legally a no-ball being the third bouncer of the over. Rampaul protested but umpire Harper had the last laugh. Even Bishoo and Edwards tried aggressively but the target was bit too much for the last pair.
Indian Bowlers Confirm WI Batsmen were Second String
The West Indies bowler gifted their wicket more out of nervousness and the hurry to reach the huge target in ODI mode. Indian bowlers bowled good line, but probably the sasme bowling could not have got them 7 wickets so easily against better batting unit.
Dravid The Difference
With 40 wickets falling in 3 and half days, only Dravid could stand out. In 2006, he was the only one to survive the batsmen stampede. In 2011, despite so many youngsters in team, it appeared only he judged the right pulse of pitch. He showed the demon was in the mind of batsmen from both sides. Bowling was good from both sides but it was never as threatening as it could be on Indian pitches or as it was during the great era of West Indies. Deservingly he was adjudged the player of the match.